The Cowboys franchised Anthony Spencer each of the past two seasons, unable to work out a long-term deal. They are paying him $10.6 million this season despite having to put him on injured reserve Wednesday.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he doesn’t regret the decision to keep Spencer, who played 34 plays this season.
“That’s just the life we’ve chosen, so I don’t in any way second guess the commitment we made to him because of the caliber of player he was,” Jones said. “We certainly would like to have those dollars, but I’d rather have Spencer than those dollars. I can’t look at it as the obvious. Anytime something doesn’t work out, I can’t look at it that way. On the other hand, I can tell if anybody was going to get the money under these circumstances, I’m glad it’s him. He’s worked hard. He’s that quality individual and that quality player.”
Spencer, the Cowboys’ defensive MVP in 2012 with a career-best 11.5 sacks, becomes a free agent in the off-season. But he turns 30 in January and will be rehabbing from another surgery on his left knee.
Still, Jones said the Cowboys have interest in re-signing Spencer, a first-round pick in 2007.
“He’s very accomplished, got great experience,” Jones said. “In a matter of speaking, just coming into his own and will be a great complement, if we can go that way, to [DeMarcus] Ware in the future.”
-- Charean Williams